The Sundogs are far from a traditional Cajun band, and their Louisiana-influenced boogie isn't zydeco either. And yet, no review of Howlin' would be complete without examining the Louisiana influences prominent on this CD (which was recorded not in New Orleans or Baton Rouge, but in San Francisco). "Calypso Zydeco," "Fais Do Do" and "Fog On the Mountaintop" are best described as Southern-style roots-rock with Cajun overtones. Lead singer Tom Rigney's violin is prominent throughout the album, and he plays it in a very Cajun-like fashion. This earthy date is anything but slick -- the Sundogs sound like a bar band, and that's a big part of their charm. This CD isn't fantastic, but it's fun, unpretentious and certainly honest.
by Alex Henderson